The new focus of top fashion school is zero-waste design

This type of design strives to create clothing patterns that leave no fabric scraps on the cutting room floor, eliminating millions of tons of garbage. The challenge is to create zero waste clothing without compromising style. According to apparel industry professionals, about 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in the nation’s landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them. Parsons the New School for Design, famous for the “Project Runway” reality show, is offering the world’s first course in zero waste. There will be an exhibition of zero-waste fashions in New Zealand in Spring 2012 and in New York in Fall 2012. In March 2012 the exhibition, “No Waste/Zero Waste” will open at the Averill and Bernard Leviton A+ D Gallery in Chicago (Columbia College).

The class will also teach student to make jeans more sustainable in their post-retail life. Students will rethink how jeans are used and eventually disposed of. New products may be created from the jeans to prolong life of the fabric. Campaigns may be developed to educate people of the importance of zero waste.[Source: Rosenbloom, S. (2010). “Fashion tries on zero waste design,” (Aug. 13), New York Times,]

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